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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Burns discusses preservation of National Parks


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Speaking for the fourth time at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns focused on the story of America’s natural treasures in his appearances last month.

In his March 27 introduction, series founder Dick Henning noted that many Americans get their history primarily from Burns’ historical films for PBS, including “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The West,” “The War” and his latest, the topic of the discussion, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Burns opened with a 12-minute film on National Parks.

“It’s the power of history with its varied voices,” he said. “There is no better subject to make than the history of our National Parks.”

According to Burns, National Parks are as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and should be preserved for everyone. Americans from every background and region of the country have fallen in love with the parks and contributed their time and money to preserve them, he added.

Burns’ crew filmed at Yellowstone National Park, the first National Park. They captured its beauty and important inhabitants: grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.

Burns reminisced about his first visit to a National Park.

“I remember in 1959, when I was 6 years old, my father took me to Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. With fog and mist hugging the road, we saw a beautiful new world. He held my hand at the waterfall,” he recalled. “Years later, you can remember how great this was with your dad. National Parks are for families. It’s where you take the family for a holiday. We could be walking in a cathedral of time.”

Discussing his visits to different Alaska parks to capture their grandeur in photographs, Burns inserted a touch of humor.

“Alaska took us in, and we will never forget those beautiful features – but we never saw Russia,” he said.

National Parks require co-ownership for continued preservation.

“What would happen if there were no National Parks?” Burns asked. “Yosemite would be a gated community. It’s not what you take away, but what you can put in for posterity and your children.”

Following his presentation, Burns answered questions from the audience.

Asked about documentaries he is considering for the future, Burns offered a full slate of upcoming productions. They include: “The Address,” the story of a small, private Vermont boarding school for boys 9-16 with learning disabilities; “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” spotlighting Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor; “Jackie Roblinson”; “The TET Offensive”; “Country Music”; and part 2 of “Ernest Hemingway.”

For more information on the speaker series, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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